With God in My Life

By Brittney, age 17, Louisiana

Hi there, everyone! If you are reading this it would be my first article in Sweet Designs Magazine! I am so excited about this opportunity to be writing to you all. Something I noticed the mag was missing was religion. It's one of the biggest subjects everywhere. It's on the news, in our schools, and most importantly in our lives.

Let me start off with a short testimony. All my life I grew up in a Christian family and home. Some would say that is a good thing, but as I got older I started to rebel. My first year in public school was 7th grade. After that everything went downhill. It wasn't until after I had switched to a private school my sophomore year and then inconveniently got kicked out that I realized something wasn't right. I felt like part of me was missing.

Then as the summer approached I spent the night with a friend. That night her boyfriend molested me, and it was devastating. I knew I had to change. I needed something to fill that hole in my soul. Alcohol, drugs, and sex weren't cutting it. At this point I turned to family who led me to God. From that moment on my life changed drastically. At school the next year, instead of being known as a skank or the party girl with drama, people saw me as the girl you could trust who respected herself and others. I had new friends. Real friends. I got involved in my church, and have had the opportunity to witness to hundreds of teens throughout my area.

Now with God in my life, I am not the depressed, mad at the world person I used to be. I walk with this joy in my heart that can only be accomplished one way - through God. And through him I have been able to help a friend out of jail and help her bring up her grades so she can pass, without even saying a word about God. My pastor always told me to preach the gospel every second, but only use words when necessary. Actions speak louder than words. So if you do have a relationship with God, then let his love show through you. And if you don't, believe me, you haven't truly lived life until you've lived it as a whole being in Christ.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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